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Alcohol Awareness and Football Event

GDAS held a post-football world cup on 17/7/18 at Abergavenny Youth Centre highlighting Alcohol awareness surrounding events such as the world cup and the summertime in general. Organised by Gareth Leonard, the day was a huge success!
We had members from the Recovery team who brought service users who participated in the events and volunteers who cooked the food and made drinks for everyone.
OOWs who had clients attended and a stall, criminal justice brought clients and had a board with stats from the recent world cup surrounding alcohol and crime and a guess the units in different alcohol beverages. Everyone who participated in the board questions on alcohol and crime at the world cup and know your units were very shocked with the figures surrounding domestic abuse increases even when England won games, the level of disorder on the streets and the amount of units in alcoholic drinks.
Family/concerned others service came along with beer goggles and also offered support.
We held a raffle the prizes were a box of chocolates and a £20 next voucher.
The football guest referee was Craig Denner who is Street Football Wales coach and Street Football world cup referee.
The day was a massive success with everyone participating and service users stating that they had a wonderful day and hope we will be able to hold more events such as these.
Here are some pictures from the day:
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Video – The journey of an offender with drug and/or alcohol use in Gwent

This video shows the path an offender with drug and/or alcohol use takes when they enter the Gwent Criminal Justice System.

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New SMART Recovery group starting in Abergavenny

SMART Recovery is a self-empowering addiction recovery support group. Participants learn tools for addiction recovery based on the latest scientific research and participate in a world-wide community which includes free mutual help groups.

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Free Alcohol Brief Interventions Training 12th September 2016

As Wales starts to open its eyes to the full extent of alcohol related harm we at the Gwent Drug and Alcohol Service are focused on finding the solutions. An Alcohol Brief Intervention is a short structured conversation to motivate someone to reduce their alcohol consumption. GDAS are approved providers of Have a Word: the national Alcohol Brief Intervention Training programme. Since 2013 we have trained over 1500 professionals in Gwent; be part of the growing group of professionals who have the skills, knowledge and confidence to play their part in tackling this issue.

The training course is 2 hours long & free of charge. The next workshop will be run on Monday 12th September 2016 from 2pm-4pm at The Lighthouse, George Street, Pontypool, NP4 6BZ.

To reserve a place please contact Tom Damsell at or 07809114702

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